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Podcast 180: Cyclist Lachlan Morton Talks Tour de France & World's Most Grueling Rides
The Tour de France is underway, and this week we sit down with pro cyclist Lachlan Morton of the EF Education-EastPost team.
Lachlan Morton’s accomplishments on the bike are truly legendary. He’s raced in some of the biggest world tour events, but he’s perhaps best known for his achievements in ultra long distance and uphill events. Lachlan recently set the world record in “Everesting,” climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest (29,000 feet), in just 7-and-a-half hours. He also conquered the Tour de France route last summer by himself, riding 12 hours a day, sleeping in tents alongside the road, and raising $700,000 for charity in the process. Lachlan sits down with WHOOP resident cycling expert Jeremy Powers to discuss his journey to the sport and what he’s learned throughout his career, the toll the Tour de France route took on his body and what his WHOOP data looked like, and why perspective and gratitude are key components of success. We have new ways to interact with the WHOOP Podcast! You can email us – Podcast@whoop.com – or you can call our new listener line (508-443-4952) and leave a question or comment, and your question might be answered on a future episode.
Lachlan Morton podcast episode chapters:
3:42 - Journey to the bike 6:44 - Teenage training habits 8:50 - Going pro 15:26 - Winning the Tour of Utah 18:15 - Charitable efforts 21:13 - Alternative events vs. world tour events 25:38 - Lachlan’s WHOOP data from the Alt Tour de France 29:50 - Recovery and adaptation 33:36 - Road racing vs. adventure cycling 38:08 - Biking around the globe 40:37 - EF Cycling team data Photo Credit: Rapha